Florida Highway Patrol Graduates 44 New Troopers

~ Members of 132nd recruit class join FHP’s continued commitment to a Safer Florida ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles welcomes 44 new troopers to the ranks of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). These troopers will join the more than 1,900 troopers who patrol the state’s roads each day to provide safety and security to Florida residents and visitors.

“These 44 men and women have made the ultimate commitment to the people of the state of Florida by joining the Florida Highway Patrol,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “I am honored by their service and confident that their efforts in the Patrol will help to make a safer Florida.”

“More than 7,000 people applied for the 132nd academy class, and only 44 made it through” said Col. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “FHP sets high expectations for quality, ethical and professional law enforcement that requires our troopers to be the best of the best.”

Graduates and guests welcomed supporter of the FHP, Attorney General Pam Bondi who delivered the keynote address during the graduation ceremony.

“I want to congratulate the Florida Highway Patrol graduates and thank them for their dedication to serving and protecting the great citizens of our state. These 44 new state troopers will help build on FHP’s legacy of providing public safety and assistance to the millions of residents and visitors who travel Florida’s highways every day,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Members of the 132nd basic recruit classes went through 29 weeks of intense physical and classroom training covering topics such as human relations, law, firearms, defensive tactics, vehicle operations and first aid. While at the Academy, recruits also participated in several community service activities, including blood drives and volunteering to help those living with developmental disabilities.

FHP honored new Trooper Brian Bates with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the Academy. The Patrol presented the Director’s award to new Trooper Damian Ostermeyer for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the 29 weeks of training.

Upon reporting to their duty stations, the new troopers will be placed with a certified Field Training Officer (FTO). Troopers will work in tandem with their FTOs for up to 12 weeks prior to being released to solo duty.

FHP patrols 80,000 miles of Florida roads from the Florida Keys to the Panhandle in all Florida’s 67 counties. For more information about becoming one of Florida’s finest, visit our website at or contact FHP’s Recruitment Office at 850-617-2307.

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